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“Settled Status Scheme” – New Government Document

More details have emerged about the Government’s plans to offer EU citizens and their family members reassurance by setting out further details of how its new settled status scheme will operate.

Those applying to stay in the UK after we leave the EU will not have their applications refused on minor technicalities and caseworkers considering applications will exercise discretion where appropriate. It is expected that the majority of cases will be granted.

EU citizens will also be given a statutory right of appeal, in line with their current rights through the Free Movement Directive, if their application is unsuccessful.

In a technical document sent to the European Commission as part of negotiations, the government reiterates how the new system will be streamlined, low-cost and user-friendly, with EU citizens consulted on its design.

The Prime Minister has been clear that safeguarding the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals in Europe is the first priority for negotiations and she said last month that an agreement is within touching distance. Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis said:

“We have been clear that safeguarding the rights of EU citizens is our top priority in our negotiations. They make a huge contribution to our economy and society and we do not want to see that change as a result of our decision to leave the EU.

“We will support everyone wishing to stay to gain settled status through a new straightforward, streamlined system.

“The last negotiation round saw real progress in this area and I believe the document we have published today can facilitate the deal we need to guarantee the rights of UK citizens living in the EU27, and vice versa.”

The document commits to:

  • giving EU citizens plenty of time to apply, with a two-year grace period after we leave the EU to make an application for settled status
  • minimising the documentary evidence that applicants need to provide and enabling caseworkers to contact applicants to resolve minor issues
  • keeping the cost of an application to no more than that of a British passport
  • giving EU citizens a statutory right of appeal, in line with their current rights through the Free Movement Directive, if their application is unsuccessful
  • making decisions solely on the criteria set out in the Withdrawal Agreement, with no discretion for other reasons for refusal
  • introducing a digital, streamlined and user friendly application system
  • not requiring EU citizens to have held comprehensive sickness insurance or to provide fingerprints
  • a simpler, lower cost process for those who already have permanent residence documentation.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

“I have been clear that EU citizens living in the UK make an enormous contribution to our country and we want them to stay. Applying for settled status will be a streamlined, low-cost, digital process and EU citizens are being consulted on its design to ensure it is user-friendly.

“We know that there is some anxiety among EU citizens about how the process of applying for settled status will work so I hope this document provides some further reassurance.”

The document also sets out that applicants will be asked to declare any criminal convictions and be checked against UK security databases. This is a reasonable measure to keep the country safe from those who have abused our hospitality by committing serious crimes.


You can read the Government’s announcement here.


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8 Comments on “Settled Status Scheme” – New Government Document

  1. The governments proposals do not address the concerns of the British public but are lauded by our Government as some sort of badge marked “EU citizens first”

    Maybe the Government need to have some alternatives ideas — A quick ad hoc selection of ideas!

    Only permanent residency for EU pensioners who have been resident in the British Isles for 5 years and can provide proof of a European non British pension scheme.

    No permanent residency for other EU nationals.

    Those without Jobs given a visa to stay for 6 months, if no genuine full time jobs if obtained, visa withdrawn and legislation invoked to request leaving the country.

    Those with full time jobs to be issued with strict work Visas, that expire 6 months after having no full time employment. On expiry legislation invoked to request leaving the country.

    Pensioner classification to get access to National Health Service, Visa holder classification to have full health insurance cover.

    Any short term benefits paid during 6 month transition period to be paid at the same financial rate as their country of origin.

    An additional 5p in the pound income tax premium for European workers, money raised to provide key training for indigenous British youngsters and reduce university debt.

    No European based dependants or extended family allowed to join family members and reside in the British Isles.

    No Government benefit to be paid to those European dependants residing outside the British Isles.

    Scrap preferential employment for foreign workers in foreign food, supermarket and similar environments.

    Ensure that EU owned enterprises employ indigenous British works under existing laws

    All European foreign languages to be removed from packaging of goods and government publications.

    All European and foreign signage to be removed.

    A promise backed up by actions that the Government will look after and listen to the British public.

  2. I don’t know what the gov’t thinks, but the majority of Brits abroad are pensioners who’ve invested abroad, have their pensions spent in the host country, Etc they are worth tens of billions a year to individual countries. Spain aint giving that up.

  3. May would be better advised to seek protection for British citizens in the EU as her first priority rather than opening the door to all regardless of ethnicity and religion.

  4. I don’t deny that there are a number of EU immigrants who do contribute to our economy, namely those highly-skilled workers such as doctors and nurses etc who are on decent salaries.
    The problem is that there is a huge majority of them who are working on low pay in unskilled jobs, who are then getting their salaries topped up by in-work benefits, and no doubt getting their housing benefits subsidised also.
    David Vincent’s book “2030: Your Childrens Future In Islamic Britain” covers this quite nicely; I don’t have it to hand, but he says something about how migrants need to be earning over £23-£25k a year to be actually making a ‘positive contribution’ to the economy.
    But as he also points out in this excellent book, at least most of the EU migrants who come here do at least work; the bigger problem is the huge number of migrants from outside the EU who do not work.
    Anyway, it will be interesting to see what reciprocal rights British citizens (eg ex-pats in Spain) are going to have in return for this. Probably not as many!

  5. I didnt vote leave to protect the rights of EU citizens. Actually quite the reverse. Free movement has been a disaster for this country economically and culturally. This often repeated cliche about the huge contribution immigration makes to the uk is nothing more than casual uninformed virtue signalling. We have an economically illiterate gov. Subsidising immigration costing billions of pounds a year and willing to concrete the green belt rather than admit our housing crisis is really a population explosion beyond any sensible analysis. I doubt Theresa May as the slighest idea how many EU passport holders are in England. The future of the uk economy and its existing citizens should be the priority. EU nationals can stay. Lets have a visa system. If they need welfare or break the law they can return to the EU. The last thing the UK needs is several million more people with full rights to state support and presumably dual citizenship as well. Theresa May and her shipmates should stop pretending they know what the British people are thinking. There never was a democratic mandate for mass immigration. The British are very tolerant and fair minded but a free pass for 4-5 million plus to just sign up for a British passport is taking the piss. I hope we crash out the EU with no deal rather than a May Davis deal which will satisfy the EU and leave Britain in a hokey-cokey in-out relationship with the E.U.

  6. Saying that eu citizens make a contribution to our economy is pure and total LSE rubbish. We need to change the statistic to show that in fact they are a complete damper ( along with foreign investment, selling our industries, and other flagrant misuses perpetuated by socialist economists at LSE ).

    What is clear, is that the Government and treasury have no money, the left wing want them to waste more, Mrs May has no personal capital ( Other than Brexit ), no trust at all, not even personality. I’m not sure she’s ever been any good at any of her jobs. And nobody, including UKIP has the slightest idea what to do and poor old Pownsland (sic ) might as well be talking a foreign language. It’s like watching Jo Co ( whatever her name is ) talking to Digby Jones. It’s just not there.

    And as for HB. I did have hopes.

    XXX help us all.

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